Pronunciation: (tāl), [key]
1. a narrative that relates the details of some real or imaginary event, incident, or case; story: a tale about Lincoln's dog.
2. a literary composition having the form of such a narrative.
3. a falsehood; lie.
4. a rumor or piece of gossip, often malicious or untrue.
5. the full number or amount.
6. Archaic.enumeration; count.
7. Obs.talk; discourse.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.